The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ibadan Zone, has warned the Vice-Chancellor of Osun State University (UNIOSUN), Osogbo, Professor Labode Popoola against harassing and threatening its members in the university.
ASUU issued this warning through a statement made available to dailypost by its Zonal Coordinator, Dr. Ade Adejumo, at the end of the zonal meeting held at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso on Monday.
Adejumo in the statement entitled, “ASUU warns UNIOSUN Vice Chancellor against harassment of members”, alleged Popoola of compelling members to break the strike and attempting to completely eradicate ASUU in UNIOSUN by compelling members to attend management, senate, principal officers and other statutory meetings during strike.
He said, “Professor Popoola was alleged of compelling members to break the strike and attempting to completely eradicate ASUU in Uniosun through the following anti-union activities and hostile administrative policies among others:
“Compelling members to attend management, senate, principal officers and other statutory meetings during strike and holding the 7th convocation of the University between Monday 19th and Thursday 22nd November, 2018 without any waiver from ASUU. Implementation of the obnoxious “No work no pay“ rule in UNIOSUN even when the NUC had directed all Vice-Chancellors and Councils to stay action.
“Stoppage of deduction of the monthly check-off dues from the salaries of our members to the coffers of ASUU. Issuance of threat circulars to members, who are currently on lawful strike to commence uploading of the results of the 2017/2018 harmattan and rain semesters on the University’s RPMS.
“Directing members to resume academic activities when you are clearly aware that the strike is still actively on. Victimisation of the Branch Officers who were on lawful union’s assignment.
“The zonal body of the union, however, commended the branch officers and the entire members of ASUU-UNIOSUN for their resolve to fight for truth and justice towards ensuring that university education is adequately funded in Nigeria.
“No reasonable university administrator would force ASUU members to break this strike because dividends of such struggles have always ended up on the table of Vice-Chancellors; any attempt to strangulate the hen that lays the golden eggs is therefore hypocritical.”
Adejumo, while speaking further, urged the Vice Chancellor not to implement policies that are antithetical to the ASUU struggle.
“Vice-Chancellors, Professor Popoola inclusive are members of ASUU and should not be seen to implement policies that are antithetical to the to ASUU struggle.
“Now that the strike has entered the fifth week, ASUU enjoined all members at that branch to disregard any directive of the Vice-Chancellor that contravenes the strike bulletins 1-5 issued by the National Strike Coordinating Committee (NSCC) of the Union and sternly warned Professor Popoola to desist from harassing its members and to abide by the rules of the Union or risk being sanctioned.
“The union will soon come out with a full statement on the activities of Professor Labode Popoola, unbecoming of a University Vice-Chancellor, which include his militarised mode of administration and utter disregard for rights and privileges of members of staff.”